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Maternity leave plan already stirring debate

BIRTH SUBSIDY A proposal to give new mothers and fathers a NT$13,500 monthly subsidy is far from becoming law, but has already drawn many skeptical responses

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

But Wang said that the proposals would not be effective in raising the nation's birth rate.

Wang said that while he could only receive a total subsidy of NT$81,000 under the CLA's proposal, he can earn far more from his quarterly bonus as a salesman for a pharmaceutical firm.

"If the government really wants to [increase the birth rate], the compensation should come in various forms, such as educational support," Wang said.

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